Smith has sympathy for Wigan

Warrington’s head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith admitted Wigan are ‘doing it tough’ with injuries after his side defeated the Warriors 40-10.

Shaun Wane’s side have managed to grind out numerous wins this year despite a string of injuries in key positions, but they were found out by the clinical Wolves who emphatically put them to the sword.

Victory made Warrington the outright leaders of Super League, and Smith said: “Wigan were down on a number of players and so are we, the difference is most of our starting players were on the park.

“We did what we ought to have done. Wigan are missing some crucial players at the moment. They’re doing it tough.”

Despite that, Smith was pleased with his own team’s performance.

“It probably took us about 15 minutes but then we started to turn the volume up. Our defence kicked into the gear and we got really physical,” he said.

“You know with Wigan it will be physical but I thought we did that and built our game on our defence and got some reward by half-time. That set us up nicely and our attack improved in the second half. Our kicking game was really good in those conditions, which was important. We did what we needed to do and Bennie Westwood came on and had a real impact.”

Warrington’s victory over Wigan shall be the centre spread in the new League Express, available in stores on Monday or online Sunday evening by purchasing here .